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Biermischgetränke – German for “beer-based mixed drinks”

18 Mar

Impressed? You shouldn’t be. Wikipedia is a wealth of information…

I’d like to discuss a drink that I’ve had good and bad experiences with. Shandies. Shandies are more popular in western Europe than other parts of the world, but they’ve been making quite a fuss in the US over the past few years. When I first was told that a beer was mixed with lemonade, two things went through my head – gross and yum! I know very conflicting thoughts. Therefore, I had to try one. The first shandy I tried was a Narragansett Del’s Shandy. I’m going to tell you right now, I did not hate it. It was not gross. It was delightfully refreshing. Since then, I’ve tasted a few others and have not had the same experience. They’ve either been way too sweet or just didn’t mix well.

Shandy Do To You!

That was until I tried Traveler Beer Company’s Lemon Shandy, based out of Burlington, VT (so sort of local). It is a really good balance between the two. Traveler Beer Company has taken the European shandy and elevated it with natural ingredients and new flavors, brewing with real fruit, rather than mixing. It tastes fresh and it is refreshing. I can see it being my shandy of choice come the summer. If you are interested in trying it for yourself, check out where it is sold near you. And, the mascot, if you will, is a mustache!

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While perusing the Traveler Beer Company’s website, I came across a page promoting their Craft Brew Races & Costume Contest. Beer + costumes + running = yes please! Follow them on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Thanks to Stuntman PR and Traveler’s for sending me a few samples of this deliciousness.

 

 

 

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Beertails! A tasty treat for all!

20 Aug

Do you like beer? Do you like cocktails? Well, then you’ll love Beertails. That’s right, that’s a thing now and these recipes sound pretty darn good. Labor Day is right around the corner (I hate that I just had to type that), and these might be some tasty treats for your end of summer bash!

Bohemia Limeaid

Ingredients

·         1 ½oz Herradura Silver

·         ¼  oz triple sec

·         1 oz fresh lime juice

·         ½  oz agave syrup

·         1 oz Bohemia

Directions

1.       Mix all ingredients together and stir without ice.

2.       Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wheel.

Spiked Hawaiian

Ingredients

·         1 oz Morita chili infused tequila (To Infuse  the Reposado tequila take a cup of Morita chilies add to a measuring jug, pour 1 liter of Reposado tequila over the  chilies and leave for 90 mins.

·         ½  oz celery juice (blend celery stems to create a pulp)

·         ¾  oz  pineapple juice

Directions

1.       Combine tequila, celery juice and pineapple in a cocktail shaker with cubed ice.

2.       Shake hard and strain into a high ball glass.

3.       Top with Indio beer and stir to combine. Garnish with a pineapple flag dipped in crushed red chilies.

 Mojito Tecate Light

Ingredients

·         6 Mint leaves

·         4 tbls. Sugar Syrup

·         2 tbls. Lemon Juice

·         2 tbls White Rum (optional)

·         12 oz. cold Tecate Light

Instructions

1.       Crush the mint leaves and in a tall glass, add the sugar syrup; the lemon juice; the white rum and cold Tecate Light. Shake and enjoy!

Do you have a favorite beertail? Do share in the comments.

Legal Oysteria in Charlestown: Review

21 Jul

After Olives made its grand departure from Charlestown, we were interested to see what would become of the space. It is a great location and a place like Olives was needed in the area. We were excited to hear that Legal Sea Foods was going to be opening up an oysteria in the space and would be serving Italian seafood. After months of renovation, Legal Oysteria officially opened on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

wpid-20140717_180941.jpgStud Muffin and I decided to check it out on Friday night for dinner. We were warmly greeted by several hostesses and we put our name in for a table. There was about a 30 minute wait, which was fine as we wanted to get a drink. Instead of getting a buzzer to tell us when our table was ready, we gave them our cell phone number and they text us when it was ready. I haven’t seen that in Boston yet, but thought that was a cool feature.

For drinks, I got a class of Sauvignon Blanc and SM got a Jack’s Abbey beer. As we waited for our table and enjoyed our drinks, we also enjoyed some people watching. We noticed that there were almost as many employees in the restaurant as there were patrons. I know it is likely because it was only the third day of being open, but it was a bit overwhelming and it just made it seem a lot more crowded than it needed to be. The bar was packed with people grabbing a drink after work and every table was full. We sat down to dinner within 20 to 25 minutes of putting in our name.

The menu has some great options for seafood lovers and those not so keen. It is broken up into Apps, Small Plates, Salads and Soups, Entrees and Sides (entrees are served a la carte). We decided to try some of the small plates including the Salt Cod Crostini (delicious, though very salty), Chickpea & Shrimp Fritters (with a spicy, bacon aoili dipping sauce – this was my favorite) & Ricotta Fritters (these were little fried balls of ricotta cheese served with a spicy honey dipping sauce. It was sinful, we saved them for dessert they were so delicious). We also shared a Sopressata pizza, which was stracciatella, banana peppers, spicy red sauce.

All in all, we had a good experience. The server was cheery, knowledgeable and attentive. The atmosphere was good, still as loud as Olives was, but the fist-pumping music he used to play is no longer blaring. We are glad to see a new neighborhood restaurant and we’ll definitely be back. They have valet parking available, but there is typically plenty of two-hour parking spots available around the neighborhood.

Follow Legal Sea Foods on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events! (That I can’t attend)

17 May

There are so many great things happening while Stud Muffin and I are on our Honeymoon. I’m not complaining because we will be on an amazing trip, but I hate to miss out on awesome events in Boston!

So, if you don’t have plans for May 31 or June 7, or even if you do and you want a good excuse to cancel your other plans… check out these upcoming events.

May 30 & May 31 – times vary – American Craft Beer Fest  – According to EventBrite invite, “The 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest (ACBF) is the east coast’s largest celebration of American craft beer hosted at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston by BeerAdvocate & Harpoon Brewery. The 2-day fest will feature 3-session and 640+ craft beers from 140+ American brewers.”

Saturday, May 31 starting at 5 pmWink & Nod in the South End is celebrating Ardbeg Day (I had to look this up to be honest) by opening a bottle of Ardbeg Galileo, a 12-year old single malt that was ranked best in the world. This will only be served on this day and at midnight, it will be closed and saved until next year’s Ardbeg Day. So if you are into exclusives, hand over $11 and sip it down straight or in a cocktail!

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June 1 2 – 6 PMCREATE – The Waterfront Gallery & Harbor Walk at Fairmont Battery Wharf

CREATE sounds like an awesome event. I have never heard of it before, but apparently this is the 3rd year! So here is the description, “Chef Louis DiBiccari will showcase some of Boston’s brightest rising art, culinary and mixology stars in Boston. Chefs and bartenders will be paired with visual artists to create a dish and drink that corresponds, interacts or interprets the art. There will be six art/food/drink stations set up. Art will vary, may be 2D or 3D, and may be interactive (live). Guests are encouraged to peruse and purchase at their leisure— seeing, sipping and tasting a trifecta of Bostonian culture. Outside of the winery, tunes from Moe Pope and DJ TJ Connelly keep the energy amped.

Participating Artists:
· Ind!v!duals
· Karen Jerzk
· Mark Sebastiano
· Moe Pope
· And more to come….

Participating Chefs:
· Jade Taylor, Bondir
· Alex Crab, Asta
· Scott Jones , Menton
· Jason Cheek , Merrill and Co
· Monica Glass , Clio
· Meg Ward, Coppa

Participating Bartenders:
· Emma Hollander, Trina’s Starlite Lounge
· Palmer Matthews , Drink
· Daren Swisher, JM Curley
· Steve Schnelwar, 80 Thoreau
· Sabrina Kershaw, The Franklin Cafe
· Tyler Wang, Audubon

Tickets are $35

June 7 2:30 – 5 PM – Landmark Center parking structure – Bacon & Beer Festival

I mean it is bacon and beer. What more could you ask for? I have yet to go to this event. BUT that is not surprising because the thing sells out in 45 seconds. YES – THAT IS WHAT I SAID! 45 SECONDS! If you got a ticket, good on you. Tell us how it is.

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Cool Event Alert: HopChef Beer and Food Pairing Competition

8 Apr

I’m all about the puns and well, I’m all about the beer and food too. So, this seems like a perfect event. I’m sad I won’t be able to go, as it it will be a few days before Stud Muffin and I get married, and I’m sure I’ll be a ball of stress. Wait a second, maybe I should go and drink some beer to unwind.

Anywho – here are the deets if you are looking for some good food from some local chefs and for some good beer from Ommegang.

From the press release:

Brewery Ommegang will host its expanded third annual HopChef Competition on Wednesday, May 21 from 7-10 p.m. at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. The event will bring together Boston’s beer-forward chefs under one roof to pair dishes with Ommegang’s Belgian-style ales and compete for the title of Boston HopChef 2014. Tickets, which are now on-sale at http://hopchef2014.ticketleap.com/boston/, are the only way to take part in the HopChef action and experience samplings of each chef’s delectable dishes and a selection of Ommegang ales. 89

A lineup of six chefs from leading, local restaurants has been hand-selected to participate:

Kyle Stamps – Coda Bar & Kitchen
Julie Cutting – Cure (Portsmouth)
Johnny Sheehan – New World Tavern
Alex Jenkins –Foundry on Elm
Brian Reyalt –Franklin Cafe
Jeff Howe –Teatro

Each chef will create one dish showcasing their imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, each developed to pair with a specific Ommegang beer, will be served to a panel of judges and attendees to taste and score. The Boston judging panel includes StarChef.com’s Will Blunt, Craigie on Main Chef Tony Maws and Brewbound.com Editor Chris Furnari, with more to be announced shortly.

The HopChef winner from Boston will be invited to the Grand Finale to compete against winners from Miami, Denver, San Francisco and Philadelphia at Ommegang’s annual “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown” festival on Aug. 9, 2014. The 2014 Grand Prize winner will receive a spotlight position on the SAVEURTastemakers™ chef advisory board, a spotlight in SAVEUR Magazine & StarChefs.com editorial, a showcase with Brewery Ommegang at the StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress and a showcase station with Brewery Ommegang at the SAVEUR Summer BBQ, both in New York.

Time for Football… and Beer!

5 Sep

Who doesn’t love football? Who doesn’t love beer? Well, lots of people, but not anyone at this blog. It’s that time of year again, football is back baby, and beer has never left!

Did you know that on Super Bowl Sunday, Americans drink an average of 325.5 million gallons of beer. Congrats, America, congrats.

Check out this fun beer infographic from About.com about beer and Americans and football. Enjoy.

Go Gamecocks! Go Pats! Go Packers!

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Happy 145th Birthday Leinenkugel’s!

7 May

Being from Wisconsin I take great pride in the amazing beer culture that has surrounded me since I was a little girl. Miller, Pabst, Point Brewery – but a name that you may not automatically think of (if you’re not from Wisconsin) is Leinenkugel’s or Leinie’s (as those of us in the know say).

Jacob Leinenkugel established his brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI in May of 1867 and five generations later his family still continues to brew keeping true to the history and heritage established by their great-great grandfather more than 145 years ago.

Living in Massachusetts you may say, Cdog, of course we get Leinie’s beer here. Yes, that’s true, you can find Summer Shandy and Sunset Wheat in many bars and packies across the state. But I have to say, those are not my favorite Leinie’s offerings (sorry guys but you make WAY better – get it to Massachusetts please!). If you are ever in a bar or liquor store and you see Leinie’s Red (Red Lager) or Honey Weiss do yourself a favor and buy them.

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Leinenkugels Honey Weiss

Leinie’s Red is a great beer, great color and a rich malty flavor without being overly sweet. Honey Weiss is a wheat beer made with real Wisconsin honey. It’s the perfect pre-dinner drink or perfect sipping while sunning yourself on the beach. Think Sam Summer, but WAY better.

A Birthday Celebration Like No Other:

This summer, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company will be hitting the road, bringing Leinie’s to the people in the first ever Leinenkugel’s Family Road trip. Throughout the Road Trip, Leinenkugel’s will be making more than 20 stops around the country to meet fans, sample some great Leinie’s beer and celebrate their 145th birthday.

Fifth generation brewers and brothers Jake, John, and Dick Leinenkugel will join the tour to greet fans and talk beer. The road trip will also feature samples from their year-round offerings Sunset Wheat, Honey Weiss, Berry Weiss, Leinie’s Red, Creamy Dark, and Classic Amber Lager, in addition to seasonal favorite Summer Shandy and their new limited release Big Eddy Wee Harvey Scotch Ale.

Check in here to see where Leinie’s is in their Summer Family Road Trip!

Happy Birthday Leinie’s!

Above, Jake Leinenkugel, president, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. and C.J. Leinenkugel, 6th generation brewer, with a 145th anniversary cake from TLC’s The Cake Boss on a Leinenkugel’s Family Road Trip stop in Hoboken, N.J. on Thursday, April 19.

Happy 145th Birthday Leinie’s! The Eats loves you and we look forward to seeing you out East this Summer!

~cdog

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